Wednesday, April 28, 2010


We have a lot of lovely homes in our town but few hold a candle to this one. This is the entry to my daughters home. It seems to be holding out it's arms to welcome people...
Please do enlarge for detail. You will love it!

My entire precious family has walked through here...and into the heart of this home.

On Easter Sunday we all gathered for dinner and play. My son in law was on the roof trying to fly a kite..I wish I had gotten a picture of it. I always seem to be in the moment and forget pictures...

One of the first items I found was this painting. The woman want $20.00 for it but took $12.00. It was love at first sight...and it now graces my family room. It measures 33X29. A really nice big size.

I am not a good photographer...but I did my best. It is beautifully framed and is signed on the back. I would really like to know more about it.

I always find beautiful books...and this time a movie also. "Kidnapped" is the movie..and I have kept my video player so I can watch these when I come across them. Folks are selling them for next to nothing. I have been able to watch so many films. I watch some movies over and over...same with a good book!

This adorable little rooster pitcher went into our trunk! It really isn't all that little, just a perfect size for a bouquet of Spring flowers! Sunflowers? Daisies?

...and of course silver!! This was the first of two footed trays I found. This one was quite deep as you can see and very heavy. It has a carving on the back of a craftsman at work and something written above it in a foreign language. It says silverplate. Very different than anything I have.

...and of course it has feeties. :) Gotta have feeties! Price? $2.00.

I fell in love with this lovely lacquered tray made of bamboo. I didn't get a good pic. of it..but if you enlarge it you can see how pretty it really is. I have already used this lovely piece! $4.00.

Crystal ash trays which I will use for coasters...VERY heavy! $1.00. White kitten Avon bottle was 10 cents. I washed it out. These things were all quite dirty had been in storage for many years.

The little sweet little relish dish and spoon, both for a dollar. The silver tray was $2.00 and all the pieces I've shown so far that are silver...were nearly black with tarnish. Loving care with silver polish and hot soapy water does wonders, doesn't it?

Here is a better picture of the tray....
...and there are the feet. I always look for feet! :)

This large basket ( really don't buy many baskets at all any more but this one came home with me. SO BIG and sturdy and can be used for all sorts of things. It is 24 inches long and 13 inches wide. Love it. It had a beautiful big red bow on it.

This is a set of six pleated placemats that would be great for July4th or Christmas...whatever.. $2.00. The tiny little floral make up bag was brand new for ten cents. What the heck said I!

A closer look at the basket. Nothing unusual...just neat.

And of course there was this adorable Christmas picture... yes. I honestly don't recall the price but it was very little. I think $2.50.

I grabbed this up for a dollar. It will go out on the porch for the 4th of July! It's tin and a nice size.

I have a weakness for picture of snow and this one looked Christmasy...cute as heck and beautifully framed. I think it was $2.00.

The pillow was free. Daughter gave it to me when I stopped by her home. Says she is tired of it. Well, I'm not!

And see....the cover can be removed for cleaning. I LOVE it when they are made like that.

Tell me...would you have been able to pass this up? It was in a box of junk, very dirty and the back was coming off. I took it apart, washed the class and put it all back together again with good tape. This is a treasure. Someone put so much time into making this...
Someone was proud of this once...and I will give it a good home and care for it. I thank the lady that made it. It cost a quarter.

A sweet lady was closing three of her mothers gift shops. The following things I bought from her..all so inexpensive. I love these fall flowers and the velvet backed Fall pillow.
Yes, it has the zippered cover! :)

Look at this brand new, still in the package tablecloth for Christmas. Napkins included. You can see the price it was originally. I paid $3.00 for it. It says $5.00 on the package but she sold it for less! It was getting hot outside and people were getting tired. The later it gets the cheaper things get! :)

And these two little framed cross stitched pictures. All hand done and backed with felt. $1.00 each. I was delighted with them.

Finally it was nearly noon and time for breakfast. We are not fancy folks and this is our favorite place to eat. Plus it is VERY inexpensive and sometimes they see us pull in on a Saturday morning.... And they have our coffee all poured and sitting on the table. Plus the rest room is clean!!

Don't you LOVE it? :)

Love and hugs. Have a wonderful Thursday! I would set a table..but to be honest getting this posted took all I had....and...I forgot one of the prettiest things. Tomorrow? :)

Love and hugs,


  1. Love your photos!

    I really like the sampler. The bee is adorable too!

  2. Your daughters' home is everything I would want in a cottage and does look so welcoming. Just beautiful!

    I forgot to mention, I love your gray-white hair, it is beautiful, you are beautiful! An inspiration to me as I try to gracefully gray, which means I have to do something about this dyed hair that does not make me look like a woman with a skunk on her head.

  3. Great bargains!
    I especially like the rooster :-) But it look very big :-) and the painting of the cottage. That frame fits it perfectly, many people chooses frames that makes us look at the frame instead of the painting :-) :-)

    Your doughters house looks very swedish :-) Like it a lot!
    Have a great day now!

  4. My goodness girl, you are a shopper after my own heart. I love all your thrifty finds.
    Your daughter's home is so lovely and the front garden just welcomes you with open arms.


  5. Wow you really lucked out that day. Great shopping in a gorgeous neighborhood. Your breakfast would be our kind of food too.

  6. Mona,
    Your daughter's home is CHARMING!!! I love the red exterior and that front door with the knocker is great!
    Now on to ALL your goodies. Did you take a truck to bring them all home??? They are all great. I love that pillow your daughter gave you and that sleigh ride picture, I would have snapped up, too. I am a sucker for wintery, Christmas pictures.
    Have a great day.

  7. Wow, you did good! I love all of the stitched pictures. Glad you too are one who appreciates them! You have such a good eye for great finds!

  8. Your daughters home is just beautiful! I love the roses climbing over the pergola at the entry.

    You got some great bargains didn't you? Love the silver and the crystal coasters...

  9. I had so many things to say but now all I can say is... sigh...Gottschalks! I cried when they closed. Joe Levy was on the local news a few day's ago announcing they're going to open a few new stores in areas where the old ones were doing better and call them "Gottschalk" (no s on the end) By Joe Levy. They'll be smaller like their older stores. I just hope they get the same clothes lines back. It was my favorite place to shop, when they had sales that is! Our local store had been pretty profitable I've heard so maybe I'll get lucky an won't have to drive to Fresno.

    My mom, aunt and I all have Christmas table cloths done in the same style. I haven't seen the one with Mrs. Clause before. We've got Santa, snowmen, reindeer and bunnies. Snow bunnies I guess!

  10. Your daughters home is just lovely, Mona. I LOVE boxwood and I like how she has it curving around her entrance. I had to laugh about your SIL being on the roof trying to fly a kite!

    You made out like a bandit on this last thrifting trip. I adore everything, especially the crystal and silver. Those are the things that catch my eye when I shop!

    Happy Thursday!! :-)


  11. I love a good basket like that. They are great for putting napkins and a few condiments in when you want to carry them out to the patio or deck for an outdoor meal. OR, put a towel in it and wrap Italian bread or biscuits in and set them on the Sunday brunch table. I can always find a use for a pretty basket.


  12. After seeing all of your fabulous finds, I want to go garage saling. How fun. I always love to see pictures of your daughter's house. The front entrance with the roses is so welcoming. Love the pillow your daugter gave you.

  13. You daughters home is just stunning! I can see how it just reaches out and pulls you into the heart of the home. I see the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree here. She has her mother's talent of design and decorating.

    Thanks for sharin' some more of your beautiful treasures.

    Have one terrific day sweet Mona!!!

  14. Your daughters home is beautiful! And what a fun morning you had shopping at all the garage sales! You came away with some great loot! I like the little cross stitched verse sampler. I love it that your favorite Saturday morning restaurant knows your car when you pull up and has your table and coffee ready for you when you walk in!! That is sweet! Have a great day!

  15. Hi Mona....Let's see many great things that you got! I love the silver tray and what a deal! The pillow your daughter gave you was on of my faves too! Looks like you had a very successful buying day! Your daughter's entrance to her house is lovely!~Patti

  16. Tomorrow, of course, M'Dear!!

    So many lovelies, so much possibility. I went on a silver-hunt several years ago, for a family wedding which I was catering. We had so many wonderful pieces and it was so lovely.

    I love all your finds, and will look forward to more---and isn't it wonderful to have that small-town welcome at your favorite breakfast spot?

    Are there grits? {:}

  17. Looks like you had a FUN day! Your daughter's home is charming!!

  18. Mona, you hit the jackpot again this week yard saling! I love the round footed silver tray...but the rooster is my favorite of the week's treasures!

  19. Your daughter's home is beautiful. I can't believe the treasure you find, those are great.

  20. Hello Mona! I LOVE your daughters home and's absolutely beautiful!!! I MUST remember to come back to your post later when we do our screened porch and then the little fenced entry garden here at the farm when we're ready. Your daughter and her husband did a wonderful job! I love all your 'treasures' sure found some wonderful things to bring home and the prices..OH MY!! Before I go I also want to mention that I LOVE the color of your is VERY pretty. I hope you have a wonderful Friday! Take care....Maura:)

  21. Someone keeps coming on here and writing me stuff in Chinese or some such language. I don't understand it and I am sure they know it. ??? Why??

  22. Mona, I just love thrifting and I would have loved going with you to find all your goodies! I love silver and silverplate, so your footed tray sure grabbed me. And those ashtrays- what great coasters they will make! I went out thrift shopping for the first time this weekend and had a ball. Can't wait for all the estate and yard sales now that the season has begun. All is going well in the Sullivan household these days so I will be posting more often now. Whew! See ya again soon!
    hugs, Sue

  23. So glad that you stopped by....I always love your posts and pictures...And I am sure you are a wonderful Mother...Happy Mother's Day,


  24. You found some great items! Fantastic prices, too!


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